|One: Main Screen|
By popular demand, I am testing Peppermint OS (both versions). This is not going to be a completely in-depth comparison as in the comparison of KDE distributions, because the two versions of Peppermint OS differ only in the details; the way they work is essentially the same. I tested both in VirtualBox and allocated 256 MB of RAM to each version.
So what is Peppermint OS? It's not actually based on Linux Mint, as the name might suggest (more on that later); it's an LXDE distribution based on Lubuntu, with an emphasis on cloud applications. What does this mean? This means that Peppermint OS replaces many traditional desktop applications with web-based counterparts; it uses Mozilla Prism (One) or Ice (Ice) to essentially make the webpage like any other desktop application, without needing to open a fully-fledged instance of a web browser. This makes it possible to put things like Facebook and Picasa in the LXDE main menu (more on that later). Follow the jump to see how all this works out.
|One: YouTube through Mozilla Prism|
What sets Peppermint OS One apart is its use of Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Prism. Here, Mozilla Firefox, surprisingly, is at version 4.0 beta 2, and (again subjectively) it feels faster than Mozilla Firefox 3.6. I was going to do my usual codec tests in Mozilla Firefox as usual, but then I realized that there's a menu entry for YouTube, so I went to that, making it also a test of Mozilla Prism. YouTube worked quite well. Adobe Flash in other sites on Mozilla Firefox worked, but it slowed the machine down a bit and made it freeze for short periods of time.
|One: Mozilla Firefox|
Other bundled (desktop) applications include Cheese Webcam Booth and Exaile Media Player. PCManFM, as always, is the default file manager. Hulu is included, and this led me to believe that this was the Hulu player for Linux; instead, it's just a Mozilla Prism application linking to the Hulu website.
|One: LXDE Menu + PCManFM|
As far as I know, Peppermint OS uses Ubiquity, the Ubuntu installer, so I'm not covering the installation process; truthfully, I didn't install it anyway.
|Ice: Main Screen|
The last notable thing about Ice is that loading the Software Manager doesn't choke up the system as it does in One.
So which one would I choose? Chromium has convinced me of its capabilities with just 256 MB of RAM, and Ice just feels snappier than and doesn't choke up as often as One. I think I'm going to go with Ice. In any case, bravo to the Peppermint OS developers, and keep up the excellent work!